Waiting for a train with Fran and Bunny the other day I was shouting, ‘Bomb!’ amongst many other things, and a policeman, who’d been standing nearby with some colleagues, came over to us.
Policeman: Do you think that’s a sensible word to be shouting?
TH: No, obviously not, but I can’t stop it.
Policeman: Of course you can.
TH: I have Tourettes Syndrome so I really can’t.
Policeman: Well I’m just telling you that if you say that word and a member of the public tells us, certain things will happen.
TH: I understand that and wouldn’t choose to say it. But I just have to trust that most people will see that it’s one of many words that I can’t prevent myself saying.
He looked at Bunny and said, ‘I’ve seen a bit of Tourettes but never as much as this.’
Got to chuckle at a ‘bit of tourettes’. I would love to think what he meant by "Well I’m just telling you that if you say that word and a member of the public tells us, certain things will happen", he meant he would help explain that it was nothing to worry about and to move along now.
Somehow I guess it wasn’t though ffs.